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Milk: It Does a Body Good All Winter

There are some serious cookie dunkers and cereal eaters in our neck of the woods. We know this, because we go through an awful lot of milk here at the Farm Stand and through our dairy options in CSA. In the past, when the farm stand closed, we had to take a pause in dairy availability due to the difficulty of meeting delivery requirements. This year, however, it’s a whole new ball game. We’ve already confirmed that Winter CSA is taking place, and now we can happily say that with the help of a new partner, we’ll also be offering milk subscriptions over the winter. Please join us in welcoming South Mountain Creamery to the cooler shelves.

Your milk will be traveling from the family farm of Randy and Karen Sowers, in Middletown, MD. They’ve been dairy farmers for almost forty years, and in 2001, they began processing their own milk right on the farm. The South Mountain Creamery herd of Jerseys and Holsteins live a pampered life with full access to pasture. Their non-GMO supplemental forage is grown for them by the Sowers in an awesome example of a closed loop agricultural system. They are never exposed to hormones, and any cows requiring antibiotics to maintain their health and comfort are pulled from milk production.  Randy, Karen, and the SMC team are so committed to transparency that they open the farm to visitors 365 days a year. You won’t regret the quick trip across the state line when you’re feeding a baby calf at 4 PM!

Because the production facility is located on site, your gently pasteurized milk is unbelievably fresh and delicious. The milk doesn’t leave SMC until it comes straight to you. In our taste test at the farm offices, we found first-class quality not just in flavor, but in everything from color to texture. Farmer Anya described the chocolate milk as drinking melted ice cream. All current milk share options will be available in half-gallons from SMC:

                                         Glass Bottle                                 Plastic Bottle

Cream-Top                     $5.99                                                $3.99

Whole                             $5.99                                                $3.99

2%                                   $5.99                                                $3.99

Skim                                $5.99                                                $3.99

Chocolate                       $6.60                                                $4.60

Just like your current CSA milk, each variety will be available in your choice of glass or plastic containers. The price of glass half-gallons includes a $2 bottle deposit for each half-gallon. If you choose glass, we will collect your containers at a designated time at the end of the Winter CSA schedule and issue a one-time cash refund of $2 per bottle for those you return.

We’re thinking of this as our grand off-season experiment. Although SMC is working with our winter schedules, this CSA share option is participation dependent. Basically, that means that we need to meet a certain threshold of subscribers to make it work. The best way to guarantee your winter milk is to convince a neighbor to sign up! If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us at farm@willowsfordfarm.com. We are so thrilled to be able to offer you something we love, directly from a farm that operates with the same dedication to the land and animals that we feel here at Willowsford. Cheers to your health!

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